SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2012
Former Kansas City T-Bone and Kansas City Kansas CC player batting .360
Former Kansas City T-Bone and Kansas City, Kansas Community College player Jimmy Mojica of the Laredo Lemurs is currently second in batting average in the American Association of independent professional baseball with a .360 batting average. Jimmy Mojica isn't new to professional baseball and has been playing since 2006. This is his 6 year in pro baseball. Mojica has had a few opportunities with affiliated Major League Teams. Mojica was first signed by the Milwaukee Brewers as an undrafted free agent in 2007, Mojica has also played in Double A with the Seattle Mariners in 2009. This shows how difficult it is to play professional baseball. Mojica is tearing up the American Association batting .360 and has yet to receive another opportunity to play in affiliated MLB minors in High A or the Double A level. Last year, Mojica hit .303 with 12 homers, and 20 stolen bases. Really good numbers for a shortstop or for that matter any position.
I got the chance to talk with Jimmy Mojica and ask him some questions.
Rico: How did you become involved in baseball? Who got you started playing?
Jimmy Mojica: My Dad got me started playing baseball when I was only 3 years old in Puerto Rico.
Rico: When did you know you wanted to play professional baseball? Did you ever want to do anything else?
Jimmy Mojica: I knew I wanted to play professional baseball when I started playing baseball in High School. At one time I wanted to work for an airline.
Rico: What do you think the average fan doesn't know about professional baseball?
Jimmy Mojica: The average fan doesn't know about the dedication to the game. The workouts, infield, ground balls, weight training, sprints. The off-season program to get ready to play the game. The grind in the summer.
Rico: When you were growing up in Puerto Rico what other sports did you play?
Jimmy Mojica: I liked to play basketball and volleyball.
Rico: Tell us something about Jimmy Mojica that the fans probably don't know?
Jimmy Mojica: I am a very simple guy. I like to work hard and care for others. I also like to help people.
Rico: What do you recommend to a High School player that wants to play pro baseball? Do you have any tips for them?
Jimmy Mojica: I recommend to them to follow their dreams and always work hard. Also, to respect the game.
Rico: What should a player do in the offseason from baseball? Any workout programs or advice?
Jimmy Mojica: The off-season I recommend getting into a good weight lifting program combined with baseball activities. Make sure you take the time to keep your body in shape and be healthy.
Rico: I want to thank Jimmy Mojica for his time answering questions for www.ricogloves.com.
We wish Jimmy Mojica the best of luck for the rest of this year and hope to see him playing professional baseball for years to come.
Posted At 08:07 PMby Tony Ross Maddi
1) Jimmy Mojica is awesome. I hope he stays in Laredo another year.
Comment By Gill - July 31, 2012 1:21 AM
2) He's a great guy. I've met him before and I have a few things signed by him.
Comment By Ben - December 15, 2012 8:20 PM